Gout is a medical condition that commonly affects the big toe joint and other joints of the foot. Gout is a type of arthritis causing sudden and intense pain, joint swelling and stiffness commonly in and around the big toe joint. These attacks will continue until gout is treated. If gout is not treated immediately these attacks can harm the joints and tendons around the joint and damage other tissues. It tends to be more common in men, but this doesn’t mean that women do not get gout.
Gout is brought on when there is too much uric acid in the blood. This must not be confused with “urine”! Uric acid comes from the natural breakdown of our body cells and the foods we eat. Normally, the majority of uric acid is removed by